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Wuthering Heights (Solo Version)


Published May 18, 2009


LibriVox recording of Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë. Read by Ruth Golding.

Emily Brontë's only novel, published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, tells the tale of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and many around them.

Now considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights met with mixed reviews by critics when it first appeared, with many horrified by the stark depictions of mental and physical cruelty. Though Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre was originally considered the best of the Brontë sisters' works, many subsequent critics of Wuthering Heights argued that its originality and achievement made it superior. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Date 2009-05-18
Source Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Run time 14:48:42


Reviews

Reviewer: bowhows - - November 28, 2013
Subject: Wonderful Interpretation
I read Wuthering Hts a few years back, but Ruth Golding's unhurried and lively way of reading brought out much more of the detail and imagery in the story for me. Thanks so much to her for such a valuable contribution to Librivox.
Reviewer: Donald R Miller - - November 16, 2013
Subject: Response to Bad Review, Crummy Attitude
As you are taking your commute to the Homeless shelter, you may want to give a little thought to those who are assisting you through life. This reader has truly done an exceptionally fine job. I enjoy the way she incorporates the tone of the story into her reading of it. Also enjoyed the English accent, of course, seeing as it's a British novel. The reading given of the different voices is also effective.
Reviewer: ihateapplesauce;) - - January 20, 2012
Subject: HI ISB
tell me if you read this
Reviewer: emelye - - April 26, 2011
Subject: Well-read version
Ruth Golding does a beautiful job reading this novel.
Reviewer: notmyname - - October 25, 2010
Subject: Interesting book, good recording
Does this book really have a reputation of being romantic? It's all about a bratty, messed-up guy taking out his pent-up rage against the people who bullied/mistreated him, and then their children, and then his own kid, while nobody has the guts (or power?) to stop him. And occasionally he mopes over the equally bratty woman he loves. A fascinating read, anyway.

I noticed another reviewer described the recording as monotone. Maybe he has this recording confused with another one? The reader struck me as extremely expressive -- she does a voice for each character, often a little over the top, but very distinctive and enjoyable.
Reviewer: Peter_Wolf - - October 21, 2010
Subject: Good story; crummy exicution
I was looking for an audio-book version of this book to listen to on my commute. I wouldn't say I was necessarily dying to read this, but I had heard good things. Unfortunately, I found this. Now, I've listened to a good amount of audio books before, but often times they are performed by the author, or by some more lively reader. This plain and simple, was the dullest, most monotone reading of an audiobook I've heard in a long time. It, plain and simple bored me, not from the story, but from the lack of emotion in the reader's voice. I could see it as a fine academic reading, where the presence of inflection, or any emotion could disrupt the ability to subjectively study the text, but for anything else, this falls flat
Reviewer: krystalsmeagol2 - - July 7, 2010
Subject: wuthering heights
the greatest story, love this
Reviewer: shawnsmommy626 - - August 7, 2009
Subject: Superbly Talented Reader!!!
Wuthering Heights is a book I was dying to read but with having little time to read and finding librivox.org I decided to download Ruth Goldings reading of Wuthering Heights. Though I am no expert, I have listened to several audio books in the past. Ruth's talent is far above average. I could not believe I ran in to this type of talent on a volunteer based recording!! Thank you, Thank you for sharing your talent with all, Ruth!
Reviewer: Philippe Horak - - June 14, 2009
Subject: A wonderful recording
Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.
Many thanks to Mrs Golding for her passionate reading of the novel. A wonderful listening experience.
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